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Best GPS systems of 2014

We've selected our Top 5 picks for in-car GPS navigation systems. We will frequently update this lis

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Pioneer AppRadio 3 SPH-DA210

The Pioneer AppRadio 3 is significantly improved over the previous generation and one of the best choices for drivers wanting safe access to smartphone apps while on the road.

February 7, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating February 7, 2014
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Magellan SmartGPS

The Magellan SmartGPS bridges a gap between connected navigation apps and car-friendly GPS hardware with its ability to sync with the cloud and connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but its busy interface could use fewer moving parts.

April 19, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating April 19, 2013

Pricing not available

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Timex Ironman One GPS

The Ironman One GPS+ is water-resistant, stores music, can send alert messages, and has its own cellular data via AT&T, and is coming this fall.

August 6, 2014

MSRP: $399.00

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Get a Garmin 4.3-inch GPS with lifetime maps for $76.98

Give your smartphone a break, especially on long trips, and let a dedicated device do the navigating.

By May 8, 2014

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Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100)

For iPhone 4 and 4S lovers, the Pioneer AppRadio 2 is possibly the best aftermarket receiver that money can buy. For Android users, the choice isn't so obvious.

September 24, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating September 24, 2012
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Navigation apps may be free, but portable GPS units still rule

Many smartphones offer free sat nav applications, but we're still buying dedicated nav devices by the container load. We take a look into the issues around their use, and compare free and paid apps against against GPS units.

By August 16, 2012

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Navigon USA & CAN navigation

The Navigon app for Android brings the quality maps and routes that we expect from a Garmin-branded navigation product, but the interface spoils the experience.

August 15, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 15, 2013

Pricing not available

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Securus eZoom tracking and safety locator

The Securus eZoom tracking and safetly locator's hardware is quite good, but expensive operation costs and buggy software tarnishes its recommendation.

April 30, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating April 30, 2013
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Parrot Asteroid

The Parrot Asteroid falls a bit short on delivering the Internet and a rich app experience in the car, but it's still a solid receiver for users looking to add great digital audio connectivity and a top-tier hands-free calling experience to any vehicle.

January 24, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 24, 2012
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How TomTom got its name and what's next for GPS sat nav

In an interesting interview with The Guardian, TomTom's founder Harold Goddijn talks about the company's genesis, as well as how it hopes to reverse declining sales and falling profits.

By November 24, 2011